Roland TD-1K 5-Piece Electronic Drum Set

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The TD-1K first appeared on our recommended list for Beginner Electronic Drum Sets Under $500 when we first published it back in January 2016 where it remained until February 2021 when a price increase put it above the $500 price limit.

After the price increase we moved it to our recommended list for Best Electronic Drum Sets Under $1000 where it remains today.

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The Roland TD-1K is a compact kit well suited to younger players and those who don’t have a lot of spare space at home.

The cymbals can be choked just like acoustic cymbals, and the hi-hat plays much more like a real one. The cymbals are also dual zone and their velocity sensitivity lets you get a ‘bell’ sound as well.

It also has a built-in metronome and coach functions which measure your performance and give you feedback helping you to improve your drumming.

It works very well as a MIDI controller and for recording drums to MIDI.

The main issue with the Roland TD-1K 5 is for those who want a dual zone snare which it doesn’t have.

It’s a small compact kit which is a plus if space is at a premium, but if you’re used to playing a full sized kit you will have to adjust to the size. The demo video below gives you a good sense of the size and layout.


  • Snare: 1 x Snare (Rubber Velocity Sensitive)
  • Toms: 3 x Toms (Rubber Velocity Sensitive)
  • Cymbals: 1 x Crash, 1 x Ride (Dual-Zone Rubber with Choke)
  • Hi-Hat: 1 x Hi-Hat (Rubber with Choke) with Pedal
  • Kick Pad: Beater-less kick pedal
  • Drum Stand: Compact TD-1 Stand
  • Drum Module: TD-1 with 10 Trigger Inputs
  • Module Sounds: 15 Drum Kits, 15 Songs
  • Extra Features: Coach, Metronome, Recording
  • Module Inputs: 1/8″ Stereo
  • Module Outputs: 1/8″ Stereo
  • Power Supply: AC adaptor
  • Dimensions: 39.375″ x 47.25″ x 49.25″
  • Weight: 25.19 lbs.


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